I think Steve Wozniack is a kind of hero – from what I understand still connected with helping young people and in this video, giving some “straight from the horses mouth” commentary on the history of computing.
And I am making plans to return to pattern on this blog.
That is, I will be focusing on issues tagged a couple of posts ago – namely geopolitical risks (ebola, unfolding warfare at several locations), the emerging financial bubble, and 21st century data analysis and forecasting techniques.
But, I think perhaps a little like Woz, I am a technological utopian at heart. If we could develop technologies which would allow younger people around the globe some type of “hands on” potential – maybe a little like the old computer systems which these technical leaders, now mostly all billionaires, had access to – if we could find these new technologies, I think we could knit the world together once again. Of course, this idea devolves when the “hands on” potential is occasioned by weapons – and the image of the child soldiers in Africa comes to mind.
I like the part in the video where Woz describes using a nonstandard card punch machine to get his card deck in order at Berkeley – the part where he draws a lesson about learning to do what works, not what the symbols indicate.